Sunday, July 12, 2009
Umeboshi, pickled plums, can most often be found in bentos, where a single plum is placed in the center of the rice to look like the Japanese flag.
After picking when ripe in June, the plums are mixed with salt and shiso leaves (to give the color) and packed with a weight on top.
Later the pickled plums are sun dried, like these of my neighbors in the photo above.
Actually Ume are not true plums, being closer to apricots.
Not fond of umeboshi myself, though umeboshi-flavored candy is OK.